The Eagles likely signed Patton because they’re looking a little thin at wide receiver in training camp right now. Jalen Reagor has been limited due to “lower body tightness” after reportedly failing his physical. Greg Ward is also limited while Quez Watkins and Travis Fulgham have been described as day-to-day. That leaves Philly with just DeVonta Smith, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, John Hightower, Jhamon Aubson, and Michael Walker as the only full participants. Adding Patton gives them a sixth body.
As a Wilmington, Delaware native who attended Rutgers, one can assume Patton was readily available to the Eagles as a local guy. It also doesn’t hurt he has experience with Nick Sirianni from their time together on the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017. Sirianni was Patton’s position coach at the time.
So, yeah, Patton is probably just a camp body. He’s here to help eat up some reps.
In other news, the NFL transaction wire shows the Eagles worked out free agent nose tackle Daylon Mack. The 2019 fifth-round pick has only played in one game and has already been with six different teams. He was most recently waived by the Tennesee Titans in early June.
If signed, Mack would be the second heaviest player on the Eagles’ roster at 340 pounds. Only behind Jordan Mailata at 346. Mack is much stouter than the 6’8” Mailata at just 6’1”.